Rolls-Royce Resolving Trent Issues
Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has said it hopes the number of Boeing 787s grounded by Trent 1000 problems can drop to single figures by year-end. Thirty-one 787s are currently on the ground at airports around the world, Rolls CEO Warren East told investors on Feb. 28, as the company announced its 2018 results.
The company is undertaking an extensive retrofit program for Trent 1000 Package C and B engines for the 787-8 and -9 as well as the Trent 1000 TEN that powers the 787-10.
The U.S. FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency approved the redesigned intermediate-pressure (IP) compressor blade for the Package C engine in December. The worldwide 787 fleet has 386 Package C engines.
Rolls is redesigning the IP compressor rotor blades for that engine, too, as a precaution, with certification expected in the third quarter.
What’s Next for the A380?
Airbus announced Feb. 14 that production of the A380, a program beset by an underwhelming orderbook, will cease in 2021. The aircraft entered service in 2007. According to Aviation Week data, the A380 aftermarket is estimated to be worth $27.6 billion from 2019 to 2028. Its MRO growth rate is measured at 4.1% year on year during that period.
Modifying the A380 to suit operator needs could lead to a surge of work in this field. Aviation Week predicts the $7.6 billion worth of spending in the A380 aftermarket in 2019-28 will be on modifications.
CFM, IATA Aftermarket Agreement Takes Effect
The commercial agreement between the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and CFM International concerning the OEM’s aftermarket practices took effect Feb. 28, seven months after it was signed.
IATA primarily was concerned that CFM was discriminating against customers who wanted to use non-OEM parts and repairs, including parts-manufacturer-approval and designated-engineering-representative parts. After presenting IATA information about its technical and commercial support processes, CFM did not have to change many aspects of its policies to satisfy IATA’s concerns about competitiveness, but it did need to spell them out and make them transparent, which is what CFM’s Conduct Policies, published in July 2018, include.
Airbus was selected by Japan Airlines to provide a Flight Hour Services component service program for its 31 A350s (18 -900s and 13 -1000s) on order. The first aircraft has entered final assembly in Toulouse for delivery in mid-2019.
Airstart was named by Dowty Propellers to provide rotable parts for R408 propeller systems for the Bombardier Q400.
AJW Group extended its Boeing 737NG/767 power-by-the-hour component support contract with MIAT Mongolian Airlines to include the 737 MAX.
Boeing Global Services was named by Uzbekistan Airways to provide a Boeing 787 landing-gear exchange program.
Lufthansa Technik was certified by Saudi Arabian Airways for aircraft maintenance. It completed its first A check on an Airbus A320 in Dubai.
Portage Aircraft Maintenance was appointed by Pratt & Whitney Canada as its first Designated Maintenance Facility in Canada for line maintenance and mobile repair services for PT6A-11AG/15AG/34AG/60AG/65AG/67AG/140AG engines.
Rolls-Royce was selected by Emirates to provide TotalCare long-term service support for Trent engines for 40 Airbus A330-900s and 30 A350-900s recently ordered. It also will provide Trent 900s for Emirates’ last 14 Airbus A380s (now a total of 33).
Satair has secured a Joramco contract to supply consumables/expendables for Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
SIA Engineering was selected by Bamboo Airways of Vietnam to provide maintenance support for A320s and (later) 787s.
TRAX was selected by Malidivian to provide its eMRO ERP solution.